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An unprovoked attack on Earth prompts the U.S. military to send a small contingent to assassinate the matriarch of a world where mothers and daughters are exalted. A dissenting citizen from the world provides the U.S. military with guidance by insisting a female be an operative in the contingent. Captain Joan Jones is the operative. She’s a mother of a young daughter and i An unprovoked attack on Earth prompts the U.S. military to send a small contingent to assassinate the matriarch of a world where mothers and daughters are exalted. A dissenting citizen from the world provides the U.S. military with guidance by insisting a female be an operative in the contingent. Captain Joan Jones is the operative. She’s a mother of a young daughter and is conflicted and torn by her call to duty. The contingent faces a barrage of unexpected events while Captain Jones becomes captivated by the Magentan matriarch. Will Captain Jones’ maternal instincts fail or save the contingent? Character quotes: “The mother of invention is a very well-endowed woman, and she has been suckling technology forever at her perpetually full breasts.” —Eldora Ma “Progress is not alone a matter of technology.” —Maerora Ma “Too many dissenters dilute the potency of progress.” —Maerora Ma


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An unprovoked attack on Earth prompts the U.S. military to send a small contingent to assassinate the matriarch of a world where mothers and daughters are exalted. A dissenting citizen from the world provides the U.S. military with guidance by insisting a female be an operative in the contingent. Captain Joan Jones is the operative. She’s a mother of a young daughter and i An unprovoked attack on Earth prompts the U.S. military to send a small contingent to assassinate the matriarch of a world where mothers and daughters are exalted. A dissenting citizen from the world provides the U.S. military with guidance by insisting a female be an operative in the contingent. Captain Joan Jones is the operative. She’s a mother of a young daughter and is conflicted and torn by her call to duty. The contingent faces a barrage of unexpected events while Captain Jones becomes captivated by the Magentan matriarch. Will Captain Jones’ maternal instincts fail or save the contingent? Character quotes: “The mother of invention is a very well-endowed woman, and she has been suckling technology forever at her perpetually full breasts.” —Eldora Ma “Progress is not alone a matter of technology.” —Maerora Ma “Too many dissenters dilute the potency of progress.” —Maerora Ma

16 review for Contingent Upon Magenta

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    The Earth has been attacked by aliens and the U.S. decides its payback time and this time, they think their plan is foolproof. This time the assassin will be a woman. Who better to infiltrate a matriarchal society? Who better to gain a chance to get close to the female leader? Too bad the idea came from a disenchanted alien, but is he right? Captain Joan Jones is willing to die for a place in history as a strong woman in a world where men seem to get the accolades more often than not. Things do n The Earth has been attacked by aliens and the U.S. decides its payback time and this time, they think their plan is foolproof. This time the assassin will be a woman. Who better to infiltrate a matriarchal society? Who better to gain a chance to get close to the female leader? Too bad the idea came from a disenchanted alien, but is he right? Captain Joan Jones is willing to die for a place in history as a strong woman in a world where men seem to get the accolades more often than not. Things do not go according to plan as the three-person crew lands on Magentan soil and Joan is severely injured, but her two male allies manage to hide away, as part of 'plan B.' What Jones didn’t count on was finding more that interested her about the Magentan ruler than breaking her lavender neck, like her potential as a lover. Plus, there are more secrets floating around Magenta than meets the eye, even from within the royal family. C. Drying’s CONTINGENT UPON MAGENTA is a quirky space opera where women rule and men know their place, but dissension knows no sex. Get ready for an alien world that makes Earth look fairly tame and mundane, yet still manages to have some interesting parallels. Can Cpt. Jones complete her mission? Does she want to? What will happen if the rebellion takes over? Definitely quirky, pretty chaotic and sometimes hard to follow, C. Drying has created a colorful world that seems to be in even more trouble than ours. With characters who were a little flat and not always easy to like, I did find that, looking beyond that and imagining this world was reasonably entertaining. I would say if you are looking for a different take on aliens, space operas and don’t need over-the-top heroic action, definitely take a look at CONTINGENT UPON MAGENTA. I received this copy from C. Drying in exchange for my honest review. Publisher: Gothlick (April 28, 2017) Publication Date: April 28, 2017 Genre: Sci-fi | Gay/Lesbian Space Opera Print Length: 225 pages Available from: Amazon For Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Puyo

    ***I don’t reveal the plot or spoilers. If you want to know what the book is about, read the blurb. My only focus is on writing style and entertainment value. When it comes to searching for my next book to read, I like to split my search between known and Indie authors down the middle. A known author gives you a good story (most of the time) but I think sometimes they lack the rawness a good Indie can offer. After all, there is no restraints for an Indie as to a pub author. C. Drying’s debut nove ***I don’t reveal the plot or spoilers. If you want to know what the book is about, read the blurb. My only focus is on writing style and entertainment value. When it comes to searching for my next book to read, I like to split my search between known and Indie authors down the middle. A known author gives you a good story (most of the time) but I think sometimes they lack the rawness a good Indie can offer. After all, there is no restraints for an Indie as to a pub author. C. Drying’s debut novel is an example of this. She wrote a book that I feel teetered in the middle of two sorts of categorized books. I say that because it did have some “gay” elements to it (risqué lesbian scenes) but not to the point where I felt it was meant to satisfy the “gay” community of readers only, since the plot as a whole was much bigger than the few love scenes or any character relationships in the book. I felt it was a different and pleasant read. I will agree that roughly the first twenty pages or so can be a little convoluted with its information and character integration, but after that it really settles well and becomes a solid read. Some of C. Drying’s scenes are so well written and filled with passion that I would turn pages late into the nights, unraveling the many dramatic scenarios in the character’s lives. I would even go as far as to say some scenes were the best I had read from any author. The only reason I didn’t rate the book any higher was because the frequency in which that kind of writing took place was scattered at times. The ending was not my cup of tea either, but that’s subjective to the reader. Nevertheless, this being her first book shows me she has a lot to offer the world of literary works. I think she’s talented and only going to get better with each release. If any of you have read my other reviews, you’ll see I don’t throw compliments like that around generously. I’m also a grounded rater. The highest rating I’ve ever given a book is a 4.4. In the end, I paid 3.99 for this ebook. It was money well spent because it fulfilled its mission of entertainment, which is mostly what I rate on. But don’t take my word for it. Read the sample and let the book speak for itself. Final rating for--Contingent Upon Magenta by C. Drying: 3.5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is not a bad debut for C. Drying at all. It's actually pretty good! What I liked most is the writing style. It's well paced and I could easily get into the flow of the story. I'm curious if there is more to come and I'd be willing to read another book by this author! A longer review can be found at Bite Into Books This is a good debut, especially if I consider that the writing style was what I like Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is not a bad debut for C. Drying at all. It's actually pretty good! What I liked most is the writing style. It's well paced and I could easily get into the flow of the story. I'm curious if there is more to come and I'd be willing to read another book by this author! A longer review can be found at Bite Into Books This is a good debut, especially if I consider that the writing style was what I liked most. It makes me pick up a book by an author sooner if I know I can easily read the book and if I can finish it pretty quickly. I do hope I will get to read another book by C. Drying, I'm very curious to what's to come next.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diann

    If you prefer your sci-fi low on ray guns and high on psychological and cultural twists, C. Drying's debut novel is for you. This quick read kept me engaged from the first to the last page, and I wondered how she was going to wrap up the story with so few pages left. The characters are both novel and believable while shedding light on many aspects of the human condition that are not fiction. Drying's matriarchal society capitalizes on aspects of womanhood and motherhood that might typically be o If you prefer your sci-fi low on ray guns and high on psychological and cultural twists, C. Drying's debut novel is for you. This quick read kept me engaged from the first to the last page, and I wondered how she was going to wrap up the story with so few pages left. The characters are both novel and believable while shedding light on many aspects of the human condition that are not fiction. Drying's matriarchal society capitalizes on aspects of womanhood and motherhood that might typically be overlooked. This tale has certainly left itself open for a sequel with just as many questions about loyalties, instincts, and the nature of womankind.

  5. 5 out of 5

    O.J. Lowe

    Sometimes when you read a book, you find yourself unsure what to expect from it. This was one such book for me. I can honestly say, without a shred of doubt, this is one of the best books I've read recently. I don't want to go into too much detail from the plot, but the setup is intriguing, the world is cleverly-built, characters are well-developed and some powerful moments. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Recommended highly.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angelia

    The story was good,it had everything..sex drama, romance, action and adventure. It wasn't overly sexy or too mushy,just right. I would have liked to know more about the relationship with Joan Jones and her daughter Butterfly before the story got going. The story is left open for a sequel ,and there is lots left to the imagination as to what twists and turns await the Magentan inhabitants.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jacque

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall, I felt this book was okay. There were parts that I thought were really good but it wasn’t enough to offset the parts that I didn’t think were very good. First, I think it’s an interesting premises. The idea of other worlds - or realms- is definitely something many of us are fascinated with and this book offered an interesting look at that concept. Secondly, there were parts that were beautifully described and I could almost see it in my mind. The author did not spend too much time describ Overall, I felt this book was okay. There were parts that I thought were really good but it wasn’t enough to offset the parts that I didn’t think were very good. First, I think it’s an interesting premises. The idea of other worlds - or realms- is definitely something many of us are fascinated with and this book offered an interesting look at that concept. Secondly, there were parts that were beautifully described and I could almost see it in my mind. The author did not spend too much time describing the scenes that I got bored. Third, the plot moved along with enough action to keep it exciting and enough drama to keep me interested in seeing what happened next. There were a couple side plots outside the main plot that tied in nicely. Now for the downsides. The author has a habit of drawing out dialogue and stating the obvious. A lot of the dialogue felt forced and awkward. The interactions also felt unnatural with people completely changing in the span of a minute or two. ****potential spoilers****There were many threads left unexplained. Maybe the author plans a sequel that will delve into some of that, but after the ending, I’m not really intersected in a sequel. For example, why did the earth man kill Morgana? How did he come through alone? How is Earth connected to the other realms? How is it the center and beginning? (And typical of us to think we are the center of the universe.) ****Definite spoilers**** Other things were just stated and we were expected to just accept it. Like the killing of Roble and his son. Why would that just give Magenta back control and why would that stop Oaktobrons from still killing everyone with their killing machine? Plus don’t even get me started on the ending. How will she bring Butterfly over? The Earth still wants to kill her. In summary, I think this book had a lot of potential. If the author plans a follow to this story, I’d like to see some resolution and more convincing dialogue.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    What a woman has to do to get ahead is different for Captain Joan Jones as her uncover mission unfolds. This short novella focuses on a female dominated race that turns its attention to earth and family relationships. Understanding the Stockholm syndrome is critical to the plot, which explores mothers’ love for their children and what they will sacrifice to keep them safe. Editing would improve pacing. The ending was very abrupt, but expected. I received this book through a random giveaway. Altho What a woman has to do to get ahead is different for Captain Joan Jones as her uncover mission unfolds. This short novella focuses on a female dominated race that turns its attention to earth and family relationships. Understanding the Stockholm syndrome is critical to the plot, which explores mothers’ love for their children and what they will sacrifice to keep them safe. Editing would improve pacing. The ending was very abrupt, but expected. I received this book through a random giveaway. Although encouraged as a courtesy to provide feedback, I was under no obligation to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nwoukix.Netcom.Com

    An exciting first novel about dynastic politics (and of course sex!) on a well-imagined alien world. The characters plot and counterplot while the earth-born protagonist tries to not killed while figuring out what's going on around her. I am not sure she ever entirely does, which opens the door to further adventures.

  10. 5 out of 5

    C. Drying

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cee Jelly

  13. 5 out of 5

    Derick

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ananda Dhrubo

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cibaca

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